Most people expect vast features of a web browser, along with convenience and reliability. In recent years, some acclaimed browsers added a new kind of experience which basically disable its tracking systems, such as history, cookies, and page preferences, so other people wouldn’t see the record on the same device. Despite it’s not fully private according to Norton, the private mode still able to keep your activity untracked. For example when shopping gifts for surprise, searching for sensitive content, and shared computer.
You can activate incognito/private mode easily using key shortcut or settings page. But after all, when the browser launched, it set to a default state or normal mode where the privacy isn’t a thing. Only a few browsers designed to completely hide you, like Tor Browser which runs on the peer-to-peer connection instead of the centralized server, but you may unable to access the mainstream website on the normal browser.
In this tutorial, I’m gonna to show you how to make browser always run on the private mode by default. This guide covering a step by step for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and the ancient Internet Explorer.
Chrome doesn’t come with Incognito Mode as the default state when the browser was launched. Instead, we can add command line on the Chrome’s shortcut to make it always run on the private window. Check out the guide below.
Right-click on the Chrome’s shortcut and select Properties.
On the Shortcut tab, add -incognito to the Target area. Yep, there’s a space, dash, and “incognito” word on the command. Finally, click OK to confirm new setting.
Now, every time you launch Chrome through that shortcut, it will immediately run Incognito Mode instead of normal one. You may want to create a new shortcut for normal mode in case you still need it.
Thanks for Firefox developers, you deserve cookies! Firefox featured Private mode as the main option of the browser. Hence, it able to launch a private mode by default without adding command line like has to be used on Google Chrome. See the following guide to enable it on your Firefox.
Launch Firefox, hit three-horizontal lines icon on the top-right corner of the window and select Options.
Heads to Privacy & Security menu.
On the History section, set Firefox to Use custom settings for history and check Always use private browsing mode.
Firefox might ask you to restart the browser. Next, it will soon show Private Browsing mode. For better privacy and security system, consider activating Tracking Protection that will prevent any website tracks your activity when you on it.
Unlike Firefox, Opera doesn’t have an options to automatically runs on the private mode when it launched. Hence, we need to add a command line on the Opera shortcut, the same approach we use on Chrome. Check out the guide, it’s nearly similar.
Right-click on the Opera shortcut and select Properties.
Add a command -private and select OK. The command is consists of space, dash, and “private” word.
Soon, after the new command has installed, it will execute Private Browsing mode if you hit the shortcut where is new command has embedded. Opera offers free VPN to make you untracked during the incognito session.
Refuses to die. That’s the words to explain about this legendary browser. Some people still using Internet Explorer, and the number of users might greater than you think. The Net Market Share also suggests it’s one level higher than Firefox, sit on the second position above the Chrome. That’s so confusing anyway. The private browser also available here but you need a tweak to make it always run when it initiated.
Locate the Internet Explorer shortcut, right-click on it, and hit Properties.
Point your eyes to Target section, add this command “ -private” (without quote) at the end and click OK. Yes, there’s a space before the dash, make sure you put it correctly.
Now, Internet Explorer will always on the InPrivate window when you start it from the modified shortcut. The privacy features on this browser might less powerful than any other modern browsers, but the legend is always a legend.
So, where is Microsoft Edge? Well, until this post published, Microsoft still not made a decision to allowing user access the InPrivate window quickly. Instead, you only able to activate it manually.
Alright. That’s how to make browser always run on private mode. It may help you for several usages but also can be cursed occasionally. Therefore, make sure you know when and where should using private mode rather than regular mode.